Saturday, 7 July 2012

Misconception on Muhammad as Paephodile

Misocnception About Prophet Muhammad Marriage To Aisha (R.A)

Misconceptions About Prophet Muhammad (S.a.w) Marriage to Aisha (R.a)

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Through the centuries, orientalists have advance numerous accusations and far-fetched theories to discredit Islam and its last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Praise be to Allah alone, all such accusations have been successfully refuted by the Muslims Ummah. Currently, one of the 'reinvented' accusations against the noble character of the Prophet is about his marriage to young Aisha Siddiqa (r.a.).

Two main theories are often advance by orientalists to attack the pure character of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on his marriage to Aisha (r.a.) at her young age.
A. He was a Paedophile.
B. He was involved in child abuse

Was Prophet Muhammad a Paedophile?

Defination of Paedophile

"Pedophile: also spelled PAEDOPHILIA, psychosexual disorder in which an adult's arousal and sexual gratification occur primarily through sexual contact with prepubescent children. The typical paedophile is unable to find satisfaction in an adult sexual relationship and may have low self-esteem, seeing sexual activity with a child as less threatening than that with an adult." Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1998.

"pe.do.phil.ia n [NL] (1906): sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object -- pe.do.phil.i.ac or pe.do.phil.ic adj." Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Other Defination:

"Low self esteem. Many pedophiles, although by no means all, do not have a great sense of capacity for adopting a sexual demeanor towards adults or those of their own age or older. They feel unhappy and fearful at the prospect of sexual behaviour with adults and hence turn to children due to the fact that they are unable to have the strength of personality to seek adults for sexual demeanor. When considering treatment therefore it is important to establish and develop a higher sense of self-esteem in such individuals."

The diagnostic criteria for paedophilia according to American Psychiatric Association:
Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent intense sexual urges and sexual arousing fantasies involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children. The person has acted on these urges, or is markedly distressed by them. The person is at least 16 years old and at least 5 years older than the child or children.

Does These Defination Fit Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him):

A Paedophile is a person:
1. With low self-esteem
2. Mostly attracted to having sex with children

None of the defination fits Muhammad (PBUH) as paedophile firstly because he did not have a low self-esteem and this is reported in an authentic hadith by Aisha (R.A) herself.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 6, Number 299:
Narrated 'Abdur-Rahman bin Al-Aswad:
(on the authority of his father) 'Aisha said: "Whenever Allah's Apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses), he used to order her to put on an Izar and start fondling her." 'Aisha added, "None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could."

Sahih Muslim Book 006, Number 2439:
'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) used to kiss (his wives) while fasting and embraced (them) while fasting; but he had the greatest mastery over his desire among you."
Secondly, Prophet wasn't attracted to having sex with a children and we can analyze this by his marriages:
His marriages:
Name of Bride

Bride's age at marriage

Comments
Khadija bint khawilad
40
Twice widowed before
Sauda Bint Zama
50
Widow
Aisha bint Abu Bakr
9
Started living with the prophet at the age of 9.
Hafsa Bint Umar bin Khattab
22
Widow
Zainab bint Khuzaima
30
?
Umm-I-Salma bint Abu Umayia
26
Widow
Zainab Bint Jahash
38
Widow
Juwaeria Bint Harith
20
Widow
Umm-I-Habiba bint Abu Sufyan
36
Widow
Marya Qibtiya bint Shamun
17
Virgin, Egyptian
Safia bint Hayi bin Akhtab
17
Widow
Raihana bint umru bin hanafa
?
?
Maimuna bint harith
36
widow
Source: Syed Abu Zafar Zain, The Prophet of Islam, the Ideal Husband (Lahore: Kazi Publications), pp. 10-12.

So we can analyse from the above chart that 75% of his wives were widows and 91% were above 17 years.
So we can see that Prophet Muhammad (S.a.w) wasn't a Paephodile as he did not lack self control and also wasn't attracted to child to use them for sexual desires.
Moreover you can remove your concept about this topic more briefly on these useful sites:

http://islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/why-prophet-muhammad-married-aisha-when-she-was-only-9/

http://www.guidedones.com/metapage/frq/Aisha.htm

http://ireland.iol.ie/~afifi/BICNews/Sabeel/sabeel6.htm

However this story took place back 1400 years ago but here are some useful links that can widely open your eyes. According to wikipedia the youngest mother was 5 years and 7 months old. Not only this, 9 year girl gave birth to a boy in China. It means that their husbands were paephodile ? Ofcourse not.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/02/9yearold-girl-gives-birth_n_446034.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_youngest_birth_mothers

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,893791,00.html

Still Not Yet Clarified? Read

http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muhammad-married-young-girl.htm

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